5 Madras Road
History of 5 Madras Road
No. 5: in April 1902 there was an application by A. Marriott, 47 Malta Road, on behalf of Mr. J. Creek, of Great Eastern Street, and Peter Creek lived there up to c. 1910/11. Alexander Marriott was also responsible for No. 15, in July 1904, No. 21 in October 1898, and No. 35 in December 1911 (assuming it was by the same A. Marriott, having moved to 342 Mill Road).
S Harding, railway fireman
In 1952 it was reported in the Liverpool Echo that Fred Harding, of No. 5, drove the Britannia (1st of new class of Express class train) from King’s Lynn (Sandringham) to London at 35 mph with body of the late George VI.
Sidney Harding, first recorded as railway fireman in 1931 and last in 1965/66 (= 35+ years), having replaced Charles Edward Brookes who was first recorded in 1912 as “outside porter” and subsequently as “PC 80”.
In 2022 a member of the Colomb family sent this reminiscence: Miss Winnie, as she was known to us, lived in that house [No.8] her entire life. I grew up in the house opposite (No. 5) in the 60’s/70’s and she was still there in 1976 when we moved. Relatives of mine lived further down the street until just a few years ago and advised us when she passed away. A lovely lady who shared her large garden, recipes and tastes of beautiful treats in return for us kids doing her grocery shopping. I still make her pound cake to this day. …. My whole family owned houses in the street from early/mid 60’s till just a few years ago. My parents/3kids #5, my aunt/uncle/4 kids at #13, my grandparents at 33 Marmora (cnr Madras). Love Romsey Town/Cambridge & always in my heart. I now live in Australia